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Widening accessibility with virtual networking events

By Paul Scholey, Senior VP International and GM, BlueJeans by Verizon

As restrictions ease over the summer, I’m certainly eager to get back into live events and networking. This past year, however, many events managers learned a valuable lesson: for some people virtual is the best - or only - option. 

Do you have an event in 2021 or beyond? Total Event can help!

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What if we treated Hybrid audiences more like football fans??

Hybrid has got the events industry a bit ruffled. It should be a nirvana event solution providing the best of both worlds, with the opportunity to tap into a far wider audience, but what we’re hearing from event organisers is that the combo of live and virtual has presented its own unique challenges.

Big room, small room, not a cardboard box

Association meetings are on the up. After a long two years of patching together conventions and educational meetings, through digital platforms and social distanced gatherings, these organisations are again reaping the benefits of face-to-face.

But, like every aspect of the meetings industry, things have changed. At The Eastside Rooms we’re having slightly different conversations with our association meeting customers, the general view is that fragmentation adds value and environment is key.

Brand activation in two worlds

In an age of permacrisis, brands find themselves at a crossroads. A state of ongoing disruption means the new normal is constantly shifting. The light at the end of the tunnel flickers. Events are still being postponed due to Covid-19 cases, roadshows cancelled as venues are repurposed to house Ukrainian refugees. With physical uncertainty, hybrid and virtual events have become industry standard.

The Dilly – All the Action. One Location.

Host your meeting or event in the vibrant capital, at the most connected address in London. The Dilly, located at 21 Piccadilly in London, is a new independent hotel, with extensive facilities for meetings and events in the capital. Originally opened in 1908, this historic building maintains its’ Edwardian heritage with modern London-inspired touches throughout.

Global meetings in Sydney: Proven legacies and future prospects

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has for a long time collected data on the legacies and value of in-person meetings, from growth opportunities for early-career participants to sector development and global research and collaboration impact. The disruption of the last two years has increased people’s appetite to meet in person and, when circumstances have allowed, these events have had strong participation and equal effusion from delegates confirming how much they have missed in-person connection. Recent research supports the anecdotal evidence.

Manchester Central relaunches podcast: why events are crucial to the UK economy

Manchester Central, one of the UK’s leading events venues, has launched part two of its third podcast series with an exclusive interview with Bev Craig - leader of Manchester City Council. 

Speaking with Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central, Bev shared her thoughts on a range of topics including the role of events, the visitor economy, the strength of the Manchester City Region and why collaboration is important for business growth.